Recently, the Nintendo powerhouse franchise Pokemon has returned, and in a big way. Pokemon X&Y are the first iterations of Pokemon on the new 3DS hardware and they are nothing less than stunning. New and old Pokemon presented in 3D models and all new attack animations during battles. A fully 3d world to explore and navigate through. Revelatory uses of internet interaction with new and better ways to trade and empower friends. It is truly a marvelous experience.
After being given my first Pokemon, I was quite eager to get out and experience this new region. I strolled through the tall grass hoping for new and interesting Pokemon to leap out at me. To my surprise, a few familiar creatures were my first encounters. Pidgey, Caterpie, Weedle, and most nostalgic of all: Pikachu. I treasured the first generation Pokemon; it was as comforting as seeing some old friends, and they were a very welcome addition to my adventure.
Battling in X&Y, while familiar, is much improved. Pokemon now all have 3d models and animations, making battles a visual treat. New fairy types are a welcome addition to the series, although, the world seems to be filled to the brim with them. Having my favorite pocket monsters grow and evolve alongside me on this adventure is a rewarding experience. By the end, I had found my team of favorites, and enjoyed using each immensely.
For the first time in a Nintendo title, I was impressed by their use of interaction and trading online to benefit the game. Being able to see and chat with your friends online feels great. The new Wonder Trade system in place is wonderful for people like myself, who never traded much in past games. Trading with a random stranger for a random Pokemon soon became an addicting experience, as I kept hoping to receive more Pokemon I had not encountered myself, or was unable to catch. Often, my persistence was rewarded, culminating in receiving a Charmander and Bulbasaur I could not otherwise obtain.
Pokemon X&Y has been a blast to play through. I have to admit, I haven’t been this invested in a Pokemon game since Yellow version back when I was a young child. While both games are targeted towards kids, is a fun experience for anybody, and is fun to play and talk about with friends. I wound up beating the story within about a week or two of getting the game, but I still have a long way to go; the Pokedex won’t fill itself! So all you potential Trainers out there, pick up one of these games when you can, and be the very best, like no one ever was.